Zak Clark is a writer, website developer, and graphic designer. A recent transplant to L.A., he’s a West Virginia native, who spent the past 12 years in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. He has worked for a variety of education and nonprofit groups. These include LexArts, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, and the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center.
While working for the UK, he created and managed the “Re-Imaging Appalachia” photography contest, which combated stale and harmful stereotypes of rural mountain culture. He then organized “Queer Appalachia”, the first LGBT oral history project for Eastern Kentucky. He has also contributed to the Stuart Timmons’ WeHo LGBT History Tour as a marketing consultant and organizer. He recently developed the “Queering Wiki” project for The Lavender Effect. This project uses details from the Lavender Effect’s Oral History Project to create and enhance Wikipedia pages for its subjects.
He has written for several publications, such as the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Richmond Register, and Berea Citizen. His work has also been published in magazines such as Equestrian, and the Gay and Lesbian Review’s blog. His poetry has won first place in the Carnegie Center of Lexington’s Annual LGBT Poetry Contest. He is now working on a poetry collection focusing on his unique upbringing and Appalachian culture. Visit his website to see samples of his work: zakariahclark.com.